388 Medical Battalion
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in width overall consisting of a maroon cross upon a disc quartered diagonally by four gold heads of wheat separating the four quarters of the disc (which are of white right and left, green at top and blue at bottom), the last quarter formed in the shape of an arrowhead overlapping the lower arm of the cross to its center; all above a green three-part scroll with the inscription “SUPPORT IS OUR BUSINESS” in gold letters.

Symbolism
The disc shape represents the state flower of Kansas, the sunflower, and is quartered by four heads of wheat to represent the industry for which the state is famous. The maroon medical cross stands for the mission of the unit and is shown behind the lower blue quarter which extends to the scroll in the shape of an arrowhead, representing the influence and contributions made by the Native Americans of the region in the development of the area. The upper quarter of green represents the state of Kansas, fertile and rich in wheat; the two side quarters symbolize by their shape and white color the optical nature of supplies handled by the unit. White is used also to represent the medical nature of the mission.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 388th Medical Unit on 22 March 1983. It was redesignated for the 388th Medical Battalion with the description and symbolism revised effective 16 October 1994.




Coat of Arms


Blazon

Shield

Per saltire Or and Argent two stalks of wheat saltirewise Vert, a cross couped Sanguine bearing a stylized arrowhead of the second.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Or and Vert, the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the Common in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Motto

SUPPORT IS OUR BUSINESS.


Symbolism

Shield

The maroon cross stands for the medical mission of the unit. The arrowhead represents the influence and contributions made by the Native Americans of the region in the development of Kansas. The green stalks of wheat highlight the industry for which the state is famous. Gold is emblematic of high achievement and alludes to ripened wheat. The two side quarters symbolize by their shape and white color the optical nature of supplies handled by the organization. White is also associated with the Medical Corps. The saltire configuration underscores strength and cooperation.

Crest

The crest is that of the United States Army Reserve.

Background
The coat of arms was approved for the 388th Medical Battalion on 16 May 1994.





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